Parker-Smith, Wilmot Babington

Second son of the Rt Hon James Parker-Smith, (Coll. 1868-1873, Warden of Winchester College). His elder brother also came to Winchester. He entered Morshead’s from Cargilfield School, Edinburgh and became a Commoner Prefect. He shot in the winning VIII at Bisley in 1904. He went up to King’s College, Cambridge that same year with an Honorary Exhibition and was placed in the First Class of the Classical Tripos – the fifth generation of his family to achieve a Cambridge First. He left for Calcutta, to work for the Bombay Company, and joined the Calcutta Light Horse.

He was at home on sick leave when war broke out and was transferred to the Scottish Horse, a Yeomanry unit. In January 1915 they were employed in coastal defences, but in August 1915, by then dismounted, they were moved to Gallipoli, arriving on 2nd September. The following day their bivouac on Lala Baba beach was hit by shell fire, causing a number of casualties, including Parker-Smith. He was sufficiently badly wounded to be evacuated and died in Malta on 12th September. He is buried inĀ Grave B.XII.6 of the Pieta Military Cemetery in Malta.

He is commemorated by the altar-piece in Chapel, erected in his memory and that of Captain the Hon. Robert Palmer (C 1902-1907) who was killed in Mesopotamia in January 1916. Parker-Smith’s parents paid for the figure of the “Soldier”, which was dedicated in 1923 by HRH The Prince of Wales.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Parker-Smith
  • Forenames or initials: Wilmot Babington
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1899-1904
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Scottish Horse
  • Date of Birth: 14th July 1885
  • Date of Death: 12th September 1915
  • How Died: Died of Wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B4
  • Decoration: NA